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The Rich Man and Lazarus

"There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able,

Evangelical? What Do You Mean?

Evangelical? What Do You Mean? By Mitiku Adisu    Evangelicals these days come in so many stripes that it is getting harder to tell which of the many stripes one is referring to. What is obvious is that not every strand fits in the coat of many colors. There are for example those who call themselves “evangelical atheists.” These are the anti-evangelicals, so to speak, who not only claim God does not exist but aggressively seek to convert the world into believing thus. Now, theirs takes a lot more faith than simply believing a God that supposedly exists. And then there are “evangelical” Lutherans [of America] who are debating whether or not to endorse same-sex marriage as long as [hear this] the relationship is “monogamous” and a “long term commitment.” No wonder European and North American Anglican and Episcopalian communions are undergoing a severe theological and moral crisis [or as some would have us believe, undergoing a “spiritual renewal.”] Not to leave them out, there are

The Friend at Midnight

  "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' "Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good

Stand Firm in One Spirit

PM Meles’ speech this week on “religious tension” and “the need to be vigilant by people and government to guard our proud asset of religious tolerance” is a sure sign the situation in the country has turned a corner. The PM did not name names but did not mince words either as to where the blame should lie. The fact that the PM went on television to castigate “recalcitrant” religious leaders is itself a testament to the gravity of the matter. In an earlier post we stated that with the issuance of a new draft proclamation the church may need to prepare for all eventualities, especially, concerning her relationship with the state and other religious groups. The church should expect betrayals by disgruntled individuals and by those who would not hesitate to sell their soul for a piece of morsel. After all, the spirit of Judas lives on. Church leaders should tread carefully so as to not provide any excuses for authorities to turn “vigilance” into “vigilantism.” They should als

Excuses, Excuses

A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may

Do Not Worry

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and the

Why Should I Fear?

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough— that he should live on for ever and not see decay. For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses for ever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will